Ahead of the annual month-long fundraiser for Movember The Sugar Club will host a bank holiday party to raise awareness and vital funds for men’s health issues.

Movember is committed to improving men’s health in all areas of their lives. Actively raising money to help produce ground breaking research and to provide support for men in order for them to lead happier and healthier lives. Having helped financially support over 1,250 projects geared towards action on prostate cancer, testicular cancer and suicide prevention the charity is launching a fund raising event in The Sugar Club 27 October. Not limited only to physical health, the charity encourages men to maintain a healthy social life and to talk more openly about their emotions.

This month ahead of Movember, the charity will combine live music and club culture and host a number of talented Irish artists including Dublin’s singer-songwriter Erica Cody and Clonsilla rapper Nealo. The Sugar Club will become a spot for punters to gather and experience a specially curated line-up by DJ and producer Arveene.

Movember Sugar Club event

On the importance of events like this for bringing people together Arveene noted, “The more activation you do, the more parties and events you do it’ll draw people’s interest. When Movember started it was based around a cancer charity and now its moving into other aspects of mental health and suicide prevention. Bringing people together creates a conversation, one of the problems we have today is that we can become quite isolated as humans and we are happy to stick in our own square mile. Anything that brings diverse groups and people together can only be a good thing and it’s a way we can share knowledge, information and understanding. It’s when we don’t talk that stuff starts getting buried. I’ve always been someone enjoyed connecting with people from everywhere and doing events is key to that.”

There is beginning to be noticeable change in the dialogue surround mental health. Many feel more comfortable talking about it including men who have traditionally been resistant.

“There are people out there that don’t get to speak that often, it may sound extreme but it’s true. I think men don’t talk a lot, they’re  happy to sweep under the carpet and bite their lip. Traditionally I think Irish men sat at the pub are more comfortable talking about sport than they would about something going wrong with their body. I feel that’s changing, I don’t feel too afraid to tell people how I feel, where my head is at without sounding like a moan.”

Movember is committed to helping improve both men’s physical and mental health and it’s been the biggest funder of prostate caner in Ireland. However the battle isn’t over yet and they are calling on Irish men to embrace a moustache and fight prostate cancer, testicular cancer and male suicide.  To get involved visit https://ie.movember.com/register

For more info on the Movember bank holiday fundraiser click here.

Words: Dylan Murphy 
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